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Roll With It Baby!!

by Randy Sullivan
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We have a former MLB student who started training with us 3 weeks ago after receiving a recommendation for Chien-Ming Wang. I wrote about Wang’s resurgence in a blog called How Chien-Ming Wang Got His Groove Back. This new guy once topped out at 100 mph. That was before 2 Tommy John surgeries and a serious shoulder blowout known as a HAGL (Humeral Avulsion Glenohumeral Ligament). This guy (who shall remain nameless until he makes it back to pro ball – hit 91.9 last week) was drafted out of high…

Let’s Get Physical — Changing Pitching Mechanics is Serious Business

by Randy Sullivan
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Recently, I had a minor leaguer in for a Precision Strike, One Day, One-On-One Evaluation and Training Session. Since he’s currently in extended spring training with a pro team, he had to come in under the radar on a Sunday morning. So to maintain confidentiality, I’ll just call him “Lefty”. As I always do with minor leaguers, I asked Lefty what he thought were the biggest constraints keeping him out of the big leagues. He reported that since being drafted out of college as a 91-93…

Late Life: How Chien-Ming Wang Made it Back To The MLB (Part 1 of 3)

by Randy Sullivan
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Late Life. It’s the perfect title for a documentary by filmmaker, Frank Chen on rise, fall and resurgence of ex-Yankee Ace, Chien Ming Wang. It premier’s in LA on May 9th. I am honored to be a part of it. Here’s the trailer Chien had been a 19-game winner for 2 consecutive seasons with the New York Yankees and was runner-up for the AL Cy Young. But a baserunning injury and subsequent arm trouble had sent him tumbling through the minor leagues and all the way to Indy ball.  By…

Ranch Fitness and Nutrition Director, Lisa Church

by Randy Sullivan
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So I was talking to a guy at the Florida Baseball Ranch during our open house on a Sunday. It was a beautiful Florida evening and we were chatting while enjoying our cold water and snacks. I had already given a 15-minute presentation to all that were there about what my role was and philosophies are at the Florida Baseball Ranch. But still, this guy asked me to elaborate more on my skills. Ya know, he was one of those who seemed like he was looking for a chance to debate or something. I get it,…

Five Words to Describe an Efficient Delivery

by Randy Sullivan
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A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from Andy McKay, the director of player development for the Seattle Mariners. He said, “Randy, I’m calling all the best pitching minds I know.” I said, “Oh, so you have the wrong number?” He chuckled and asked me this question: “Can you, off the top of your head, give me 5 key words you would use to describe an efficient pitching delivery.” The question caught me off guard a little, but I’ve always heard that if you can’t describe what you do…

I Do Nothing!… NOTHING!! (The Lead Leg)

by Randy Sullivan
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When I was a kid, I used to love to watch a TV show called Hogan’s Heroes. My favorite character was a bumbling, overweight prison guard named Sgt. Schultz. I think of him often when I consider the role of the stride leg in the pitching delivery (weird, huh?) See, around here the only time we talk about stride is to say that we never talk about stride. Guys manage their stride legs in different ways, and honestly, we don’t care. In an efficient delivery, the only thing the stride leg…

The Inverted Iron Pyramid

by Randy Sullivan
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One of the key indicators of efficiency and power in a pitcher’s delivery is his use of his lower half. At The Florida Baseball Ranch, we’ve been studying this for a long time, and our understanding is constantly evolving. An efficient and powerful lower half definitely isn’t seen in the old “stay tall and fall” idea. It’s amazing to me how many coaches I hear say something like “stay tall on the back side”, and then turn right around and tell a pitcher “you gotta use your legs…